Good morning, Broncos Country!
Paxton Lynch finally gets his shot.
Bill Musgrave leads the Denver Broncos offense against his former team that just so happens to also have a new defensive coordinator.
It’s just your typical build up to the Broncos and Oakland Raiders. How this game will get remembered? We will soon find out. The potential is there for this to be a fun and historic affair in Oakland. Or it could be dreadful and historic (Denver is looking to avoid its first seven-game losing streak since 1967).
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@AdamMalnati16 & I are thankful the #Broncos finally came to their senses & will start @PaxtonLynch. We breakdown the changes & preview #RaidersWeek. Before you gorge on turkey & the games start, give a listen to the @MileHighReport Radio Podcast. https://t.co/pY2WLfMLg2— Ian St. Clair (@IanStClair) November 23, 2017
Before the two rivals smash helmets, let’s take a look back at the history of the rivalry. Notes are courtesy of Denver’s weekly release.
- Today marks the 115th regular-season game between the Broncos and Raiders. Denver owns a 51-61-2 all-time record vs Oakland; a 26-29-2 mark in Denver and 25-32 record on the road. The first game in the rivalry was on Oct. 2, 1960, in Denver, a 31-14 Broncos win.
- The last Broncos home win over the Raiders was also the last win this season when they beat Oakland 16-10. The last home loss was on Dec. 13, 2015, a 15-12 Oakland win (when Mack got five sacks). My cousin and I were at that game.
- The last Broncos road win was on Oct. 11, 2015, a 16-10 victory. The last road loss to the Raiders was on Nov. 6, 2016, a 30-20 Oakland win. Interesting note: Denver hasn't won a road game in the AFC West since Peyton Manning retired.
- The longest winning streak for the Broncos over the Raiders is eight games, from Nov. 6, 2011-Dec. 13, 2015. The longest winning streak for the Raiders over the Broncos is 14 games, from Nov. 21, 1965-Dec. 19, 1971.
Sunday marks the 115th regular-season game between the #Broncos & #Raiders. Denver owns a 51-61-2 all-time record vs Oakland; a 25-29-2 mark in Denver & 25-32 record on the road. The first game in the rivalry was on Oct. 2, 1960, in Denver, a 31-14 Broncos win. pic.twitter.com/1elviK58Uy— Ian St. Clair (@IanStClair) November 25, 2017
- The Broncos have netted two shutouts in this series. The last one was on Oct. 16, 1995 in Denver, a 27-0 win over the Raiders. The Raiders also have netted two shutouts in this series. The last one was Nov. 22, 1992 in LA, a 24-0 win over the Broncos.
- The largest win for the Broncos over the Raiders is 37 points, a 44-7 victory on Oct. 5, 1962 in Denver at then-Bears Stadium. The largest win for the Raiders vs the Broncos is 51, a 51-0 Oakland shutout on Sept. 10, 1967 in Oakland.
- The most points the Broncos have scored in the series vs the Raiders is 47. It happened on Dec. 28, 2014 in Denver, a 47-14 win. The most points the Raiders have scored in the series vs the Broncos is 59. That happened on Oct. 24, 2010 in Denver, the 59-14 game. That was the beginning of the end for the guy we don’t name here.
- The most combined points for the Broncos and Raiders is 74, a 38-36 Denver win on Sept. 7, 1986 in Oakland. Again, this is for the regular season. The fewest combined points for the Broncos and Raiders is 12, a 9-3 Oakland win on Dec. 1, 1980 in Oakland. Again, this is for the regular season.
- The Broncos and Raiders have only met twice in the playoffs. The magical 20-17 Denver win on Jan. 1, 1978, at Mile High in the AFC title game. Knowing the history of the franchise and how much Denver struggled against the Raiders, that game is why this rivalry means so much.
- The other postseason game was a 42-24 Raiders win over the Broncos on Jan. 9, 1994, in LA in the AFC Wild Card game. As Peter King noted in his story from the game, there were five on-field fights in that game. As Dennis Smith said, "We hate each other's guts, and it was kind of crazy out there."
- Wide receiver Demaryius Thomas is one catch away from becoming the sixth active player to reach 600 career receptions.
- Outside linebacker Von Miller has totaled the most sacks (81.5) in the NFL since entering the league in 2011 and his 0.83 sacks per game are the third most in history since 1982.
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